Unfortunately, the large cat fleet was down on numbers for various reasons, so it was only three boats who would contest the first race of the Club Championship. We had Paul English on Playtime (Nacra 16 Sq), Kurt Griffith on Wreckless (Nacra 16 sq) and me on Symphony 2 (A Class).
The racing was going to be hotly contested. It was the first outing for Kurt Griffith on his newly acquired boat - and a day that Paul English has been looking forward to. Hopefully this will be the first of many epic battles between these two.
Kurt elected to sail with the pin-head main - the same as Paul - there would be nothing between them.
Trevor Dunn set the course and the large Cats all got away cleanly on starboard tack in hot pursuit of the small cat fleet who started 5 minutes earlier. Both Nacras then chose to head for the right side of the course hoping for the typical advantage found towards the shallows. It seems though the pressure was to be found in the middle of the course. This scenario set the stage for some strategic sailing and great match racing between the two Nacras.
Kurt's boat was struggling for height against Paul upwind but still managed to stay in touch in the light breeze. Downwind Kurt may have been a little faster. The wind was a little patchy and made it difficult for either to break away.
The A Class reveled in these light trapezing conditions and gradually consolidated a good lead to finish the race about 21 minutes ahead - greatly assisted by the dying breeze. Kurt managed to bring home Wreckless with a two minute lead over Paul after Paul was unfortunately required to perform a 360 after brushing a rounding mark in the heat of the moment.
It was great to be racing again. I'm certain next week will bring a bigger fleet. In fact, I'm 100% sure about this because this blog is being written quite belatedly on the day after Pointscore 3. (hah!)
Better late than never!
Happy sailing and be safe everyone until next week!